Surely A Large Human
Date registered: Jun 2006
Vehicle: '08 C219
Location: Between Earth and Mars
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I can't explain it. Doesn't make a lot of sense. I'm a logical, rational individual, usually intent on improving my understanding - and right now, I don't care to know the "why" behind the effect these Olympics are having on me.
That opening ceremony was stunning on so many levels. It transcended language, it transcended politics, it transcended history and time. Look at what humanity can accomplish when it wants to...when it's free to. The beauty of that spectacle was simultaneously humbling and uplifting. *I* could never do that, but I'm a member of the species that did, and for some reason this year, that feeling has me far more sappy than normal.
Goosebumps. Moist eyes. Lots of both, these past couple of days.
I'm pretty damn glad to be a member of the human race. I'd be even more glad if I wasn't alone in feeling this way; if we could all feel the genuine sense of unity inspired by these games. It's China, of all places. It's as if they're begging to be allowed to move forward - begging not just the world, but themselves.
All the energy we waste squabbling with ourselves over goofy shit like who has more of what, whether or not they're the right color, or wear the right clothes, or listen to the right music, drive the right cars, work the right jobs...all the useless, futile, hateful, divisive negativity sponsored by our chosen leaders and reinforced at every turn...how great it would be to see beyond and above that. What we could accomplish, as a species...well, we got a small glimpse of that in Beijing on Friday evening, just as we got a glimpse of it with the Apollo space program, and with the global response to the 9/11 tragedy.
For the next couple of weeks, I might even be able to quit looking for reasons or people to blame for how we got so twisted around, taking so many steps backwards over the past couple of decades.
Looking forward, desperately, to 2009,